Patrolman Michael D. Love

Patrolman Michael D. Love

Rochester Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Saturday, February 8, 1992

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Michael D. Love

Patrolman Michael Love was shot and killed while attempting to take action after witnessing a murder while off duty.

While Patrolman Love was off duty, and patronizing a restaurant at 523 Virginia Avenue, a man who had been stalking his estranged wife entered the restaurant and fatally shot her. Hearing the gunshot, Patrolman Love attempted to take action against the suspect but was shot and killed.

The subject was apprehended and subsequently sentenced to death. He died in prison in March 2012 while still on death row.

Patrolman Love had served with the Rochester Township Police Department for nine years. He was survived by his parents, sister, and two brothers.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; 9 mm
  • Offender Sentenced to death

murder suspect, off duty

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Thank you Eddie and all Mike’s friends for remembering my brother today. It really doesn’t get easier, even after 3 plus decades. Love, Dave Love for our family

Dave Love

February 8, 2024

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